New Website

So I’ve been working on this for a while and I felt it was about time to pull the trigger and switch over to the new site. You should find it a lot faster and more responsive. Its a bit… different, as the old Comic press site wasn’t very good for mobile so I’m trying a new theme called toocheke. Hopefully you’ll find it easier to read and navigate. I’ve also added ALL the shifters content including the old comic, Beast Within, and the side comic On Gossamer Wings that I started. I have no idea if I’ll finish OGW, but we’ll see. Its BW so I might. Since that’s a LOT faster for me.

I’ve removed the forum link and moved to discord. Which isn’t exactly more lively, but its.. current? and less issues than trying to keep an old forum alive.

Let me know what you think or if you find bugs.

New Store – Earn Coins, Get Rewards!

So if you look at the top menu, you’ve probably noticed that there’s a new option, The Shifters Online Store! This is a digital downloads store for things like wallpapers, PDFs, and whatever other downloadable content I can think of putting up. While you have the option to buy these things with cash, you can also earn download rewards, just by spreading your love of Shifters!

For anyone registered on the site, if you log in, you’ll see you have a new option on the right hand side of the screen. It says “Your personal link:” and there will be a link there with a bit of extra on the tail end of the URL. That is your personal referral link. If you copy and pasta that somewhere (like your facebook, tumblr, twitter, on your forums where you frequent, personal website, etc), and people click it, you will earn “coins”, which you can spend like cash in the store. So you can earn free downloads from the store, just by spreading Shifters love around. Currently its 15 referrals for 1 coin to spend in the store. Each page has a unique personal URL, so you can use it to refer people to specific pages you want to share, or the newest page, or just the main page if you want. Its up to you and the situation in which you use it.

The plugin is a beta, it may have some weirdness associated with it. So if you do run into any bugs, please let me know. Also, if you have any suggestions on how to make it better, or things you’d like to see in the store, please let me know too.

If you’d like to see a video of how this is supposed to work, there is one here.

So go ahead and give it a try!

How the donation meter works

As you can probably see (and why you might have clicked on the donation meter), that we have a bit of a page drive going on as it were.

Some people were complaining there wasn’t enough Shifters. And we agree, but because both Mysti (the colorist) and I have bills and such to pay, we normally have to take paying commissions, work, or do other income generating activities. This leaves us with only enough time currently to make one page a week.

BUT with your help, that could change.

For every $75 USD we recieve in donations, we will add ONE additional page to the scheduled pages for the following month. SO this means that if we get say $150 in donations for September, in October we will put out two extra pages. The reason for this is so that we can plan our time. Often we are booked months in advance for commissions or extra work (I teach classes for example in addition to my full time job, never mind whatever paying commissions or graphic design freelance I have, and after they start I have to plan around them.)

The idea is that because Shifters is providing that income we need to make ends meet, we won’t have to keep burdening ourselves with work that ISN’T Shifters related. You guys get more pages, and we get to keep a roof over our heads. Its win-win.

As the donations trickle in, every time we hit a +1 page milestone the donation meter will tick up. This helps show how many bonus pages will be scheduled for next month. If donations for a month do not reach enough for a page, the money will go into a special side account for Shifters related activities, such as merchandise development/purchasing, advertising, con fees, website hosting, etc. This will help tremendously in getting the word out about Shifters being back, and bring more people to the site, which will hopefully help everything along.

Currently we have our donations set up to be accepted through Paypal. However if you want to donate and do not want to use paypal, drop me a line at shadowsmyst (at) gmail dot com and we can work out some alternate form of payment.

“The Plan”

Hello Shifters fans. I think I’ve made you wait long enough with a nebulous idea of when or even if Shifters will return. Its been hard, and its been long, and I’ve even actually bled (and have scars) to make things right so this could continue. And now, I reward your patience. I reveal to you “The Plan”.

First, I’m ready to give you all a solid date when things will resume.

June 6, 2011

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Shifters Music – Inspiring Mood

To continue posting some thoughtful material while you are waiting for the release of the new pages, and because its fun to talk about the stuff that inspires the material you so long for, I thought today I might talk a little bit about music and invite you to participate near the end. If you are game, continue to read on.

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